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NATE Conference material

Thank you to those who attended the ‘Using Film for Reading and Writing’ session at NATE today. For those who attended, I have uploaded the resources in Dropbox – email me ( and I will send you the link. I will make some of these resources available to others on an open link soon, but… Continue reading NATE Conference material

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Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2 – movement and contemplation

Don’t know whether this worked. In an earlier post, I wrote about ventrals and dorsals – the combination of the dynamics of movement and contemplation of the image (Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature). I’m not going to go into too much detail here (you can read the earlier blog) but it’s come from… Continue reading Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2 – movement and contemplation

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Writing from the Moving Image

By now, you’ve probably worked out that I love to teach writing through moving images. Add that to my love of Hitchcock and it’s not a surprise that I will find any excuse to show a clip or two from his films to show how story-telling works. Last year, I taught a module on writing… Continue reading Writing from the Moving Image

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Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature

The incredibly brilliant Mark Cousins has written a fascinating article in September’s Sight and Sound which explores the ways in which a knowledge of neuroscience and its study of behavioural patterns can illuminate the study of film. Cousins uses an analogy of the brain’s ventral and dorsal systems to explain different visual/aesthetic styles in the… Continue reading Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature

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Teaching narrative through moving image

Okay, so I’ve added some more resources to my ‘readers and writers’ dropbox. This one is using moving image to discuss narrative. I’ve clipped the opening to an episode of The X-Files – season 6, ‘Drive’ starring Bryan Cranston. It’s a fantastic way to explore narrative hooks, dangling causes and omniscient narration. You’ll find the… Continue reading Teaching narrative through moving image